Cornell Hurd and his longtime guitar-playing cohort Paul Skelton are lunching on Cajun food at Hoody's in Oak Hill, on the southwest edge of Austin. They aren't sure how they ended up there, but they're trying to figure it out, tracing the long and sordid line that brought them to Austin. The restaurant is one of those typical Austin establishments, the kind of place that tourists come to when they want to experience what the so-called "Live Music Capitol of the World" has to offer. The walls are covered with posters of blues greats and Austin music legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, and Lou Ann Barton. One plywood wall by the door is covered in autographs of the many local musical... More >>>
"People say music is your hobby, and I bristle at that," says Cornell Hurd, third from left. "It's part of your personality, your psyche, your identity."